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Survey of Parents: Gap of Expectations

According to recent research reported by Zero to Three, many parents overestimate the age at which their children have the ability to perform certain social emotional tasks, such as expressing frustration without tantrums, sharing toys with peers, and resisting the temptation to do something forbidden.   Brain research indicates that the age at which children can exhibit such self control is often much older than the age at which parents expect children to do so.  This can result in frustration for the parent and confusion for the child.  Parents can learn more about appropriate expectations for their children, as well as details about this and other related research, by visiting the Zero to Three website at www.zerotothree.org

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